assignment, assignation
An assignment is an allocation, and in law a legal transfer of a right or property, or the document that effects the transfer. It is also a task or piece of work allotted to a person, in this meaning originating in AmE. The dominant meaning of assignation, which is pronounced with a hard g, is now ‘an appointment to meet, especially between lovers’. Its original meaning ‘the act of assigning, apportionment’ is still in use, especially in technical or semi-technical contexts:

• Marriage plays an important role in this by the assignation of children to membership of particular groups —weblog, BrE 2004 [OEC].

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • assignation — [ asiɲasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1265; lat. assignatio, de assignare → assigner 1 ♦ Dr., fin. Action d assigner qqch. à qqn pour sa part. ⇒ attribution. Assignation de parts par le testateur. 2 ♦ Dr. Exploit d huissier par lequel le demandeur cite son… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • assignation — Assignation, Assignatio. Assignation d argent, Attributio. Jour d assignation avec un ennemy, Status, condictus dies cum hoste. Il y a assignation, Dies constitutus est, B. ex Cic. Il a baillé assignation aux alliez de se trouver en Tarracone,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • assignation — I noun application, arrogation, ascription, assignment, attribution, blame, charge, imputation, placement II index alienation (transfer of title), arrogation, assignment (allotment …   Law dictionary

  • assignation — ASSIGNATION. s. f. Destination de certain fonds pour le paiement de quelque somme. On lui a donné des assignations sur tel et tel fonds. De méchantes assignations. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi l Exploit par lequel on est assigné à comparoître… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • assignation — Assignation. subst. f. v. Destination de certain fonds pour le payement de quelque somme. On luy a donné des assignations sur tel & tel fonds. de meschantes assignations. Il signifie aussi, l Exploit par lequel on a assigné à comparoistre… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Assignation — As sig*na tion, n. [L. assignatio, fr. assignare: cf. F. assignation.] 1. The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment. [1913 Webster] This order being taken in the senate, as touching the appointment and assignation of those provinces.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assignation — early 14c., appointment by authority, from O.Fr. assignacion (14c., Mod.Fr. assignation), from L. assignationem (nom. assignatio) an assigning, allotment, noun of action from pp. stem of assignare (see ASSIGN (Cf. assign)). Meaning action of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Assignation — (lat.), Anweisung (s. d.); Assignant, der Anweisende; Assignatar, der Anweisungsempfänger; Assignat, der Angewiesene …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Assignation — (lat.), Anweisung (s.d.); assignieren, anweisen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Assignation — Assignation, s. Anweisung. Bankassignationen hieß ein russ. Papiergeld, von der 1848 aufgehobenen Assignationsbank in Petersburg ausgegeben; 31/2 Rubel Bankassignationen galten = 1 Silberrubel. Seit 1841 sind die Bankassignationen durch… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • assignation — rendezvous, tryst, date, *engagement, appointment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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